Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis (29 November 1898 - 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish writer and scholar. Lewis is known for his work on medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism, and fiction. He is best known today for his series The Chronicles of Narnia.
Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. Both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptised in the Church of Ireland at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at about the age of 30, Lewis re-converted to Christianity, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England" (Lewis 1952, p. 6). His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. Later in his life he married the American writer Joy Gresham, who died of bone cancer four years later at the age of 45.
Lewis's works have been translated into more than 30 languages and sell more than a million copies a year. The books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia have sold more than 100 million copies. Many stage and screen adaptations of Lewis's works have also been produced, the most notable of which is the 2005 Disney film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
One of the Best| Posted November 19, 2012
C. S. Lewis is one of the great blacksmiths of the written word. He wielded his hammer wisely. I think we are all thankful the literary works he contributed to the world.
AMAZING!| Posted July 28, 2010
There is no C.S. Lewis book that I do not absolutely love. AND it makes it even better that he was best buddies with another favorite author of mine J.R.R. Tolkein... :) good stuff
AWESOME!| Posted August 06, 2009
This is an awesome author that I recommend to anyone that wants to build their faith. Although his writings are classic, they are still very applicable to the world we live in today. Read one of his books over the summer!!!